Top 10 Best Mylene Farmer SongsWith her dramatic stage shows, thought-provoking lyrics, and eclectic mix of musical styles, Mylène Farmer has ruled the charts in France and other Francophone countries for decades. Born Mylène Jeanne Gautier, the singer, songwriter, and occasional actress has built an impressive discography since she stepped onto the scene in the 1980s, creating a rich musical tapestry that continues to captivate audiences.
Mylène's music is nothing if not diverse. With a career spanning over 30 years, she has continually reinvented her sound while still retaining the essence that makes her music uniquely hers. From synth-driven pop songs to brooding ballads and everything in between, her songs often touch on themes of love, death, and spirituality, all wrapped up in richly poetic lyrics. Moreover, her intense, often dark, yet highly theatrical music videos have been as central to her image as her songs, presenting a multi-faceted artist unafraid of pushing boundaries.
Whether you're a lifelong fan or a newcomer to her music, there's no denying the impact Mylène Farmer has had on the Francophone music scene and beyond. Over the years, she has amassed numerous chart-topping singles and albums, won multiple awards, and gained a dedicated fan base. Her haunting vocals, combined with the depth and complexity of her lyrics, make her songs emotionally resonant and timeless.
Despite its upbeat nature, the lyrics of this song are pretty depressing but they are also hopeful ("Yet I'd like to regain innocence", "I'm looking for a soul who can help me"), making it a timeless bop.
Catchy song with subversive lyrics about sodomy and buttocks.
Great song that mostly owes its success to its cinematic music video, which not only was revolutionary in France due to its duration and direction, but also generated controversy due to Farmer's nude appearances.
This 1996 hit was written during Mylène Farmer's 1995 exile in Los Angeles following the box-office bomb and critical failure of Giorgino, a movie directed by her songwriting partner Laurent Boutonnat (who also directed most of her music videos). This is where she wrote and recorded her 1995 album Anamorphosée, and "California" is a dreamy pop song that reflects this period perfectly, from the use of English words (despite the song being mainly in French) to the airy instrumentation. It also had an Abel Ferrara-directed music video shot in LA where she plays both a prostitute and an upper-class woman.
This 1987 hit was one of very few hits in the 1980s to discuss gender identity. Very ahead of its time.
When this song was released as the lead single to Mylène Farmer's Anamorphosée album in 1995, it was a huge departure from her previous hits. In fact, this song dabbles into rock with its grungy electric guitar and upbeat drumming. The lyrics suggest that women, no matter their social status or origins, all need love. Also, the title not only refers to the XXL clothing size, it's also a play on the female chromosome (XX) and the letter L (pronounced "elle", the French for "she" and "her").
This should be #1. People just go listen to this perfect track, her voice, the dark atmosphere and the violent vibe are evrything, everything, I'm telling you, EVERYTHING her very BEST! I wish she'd top this song but it's clear to me that for me, she'll never top it. It is just so amazing, one of the songs that made me fall in love with Mylene. Innamoramento is also my favourite album of hers, to be honest.
In this song, Mylène Farmer mocks the critics who perceive her music as overly dramatic or depressing. It has spoken-sang verses that sound like rap, which was new in France at the time.
This 2010 hit was produced by RedOne and its music video is reminiscent of "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. However, this wasn't enough to crack the US because the song failed to chart.
This is one of Mylène Farmer's most beautiful ballads ever. Since its release in 1995, this song has been performed at each of her concert tours. The lyrics are so poignant and emotionally raw that she rarely performs the song live without shedding a tear and sometimes she gets so emotional that she lets the audience finish the song for her. Just listen to a live version of this song (the one on Live à Bercy in particular) and you'll understand what I mean.
Not really known but the lyrics and the emotion is perfect!
Hell yeas, Mylene making up words, a la Rimbaud. On a serious note, this song is brilliant.